Monday 9 August 2010 - US Army Beech C-12 84-0158 visits the Elmdon apron

US Army Beech C-12U Huron 84-0158 was a lunchtime visitor to
the Elmdon apron - the aircraft wears "United States of America"
titles and used the callsign "Duke 19"....
.... it departed back to Wiesbaden in Germany
. Turkish Airbus A321-211 TC-JME operated their flight to Istanbul

Sunday 8 August 2010 - Blue Line MD 83 F-GMLU operates charter to Malaga

Blue Line MD 83 F-GMLU which wears a smart black scheme....
.... positioned in to operate the final student charter back to Malaga
.Air Berlin Boeing 737-86J D-ABKL operated their
weekly flight to Paderborn - its first visit to BHX
Aurela Boeing 737-382 LY-SKW operated the third of a series
of peak season IT flights for Thomas Cook from/to Ibiza
Saga Airlines Boeing 737-86J TC-SGI was an evening
arrival operating their weekly IT flight from Dalaman
Flairjet Embraer Phenom 100 G-RAAL was a
morning visitor to the Elmdon apron

Thursday 7 August 2008 - Lagunair Embraer 145 EC-KBI operates a charter from Pamplona

Lagunair Embraer 145 EC-KBI operated a charter flight from
Pamplona before positioning back to Leon. The aircraft wears
"Aeropuerto de Leon" titles and insignia on its nose

Friday 6 August 2010 - Top Fly ATR 42 EC-IDG arrives with Athletic Bilbao

Top Fly ATR 42-300 EC-IDG was an evening arrival bringing in
Athletic Bilbao for their friendly match against Wolverhampton
Wanderers - Wolves - on Saturday afternoon
Cimber Canadair CRJ200ER OY-RJJ positioned in from Manchester
after dropping off CA Osasuna for their friendly match against Bolton
- it will nightstop at BHX and then take the team home after their
friendly match against West Bromwich Ablion on Saturday
RAF Super King Air ZK454 made an ILS approach
and go around to Runway 15
.Citation CJ3 D-COWB was a morning visitor to the Elmdon apron

Tuesday 5 August 2008 - Aegean Avro RJ100 SX-DVE arrives for attention with flybe

Aegean Avro RJ 100 SX-DVE was an early morning arrival
as the "AEE800F" - it quickly disappeared into Hangar 2
for attention by flybe

Sunday 3 August 2008 - Fly Excellent MD 83 SE-DJE flying for Air Bee

Fly Excellent MD 83 SE-DJE operated the Air Bee/Itali Airlines
IT flight to Naples. The aircraft wears "Purobeach" titles
advertising a Spanish hotel chain
flybe chartered Jet2 Boeing 737-377 G-CELA to operate their
delayed IT flight to Bastia after an Embraer 195 went tech

Tuesday 2 August 2011 - Blu Express and Mistral Air operate final student charters

Blu Express Boeing 737-31S EI-DXB positioned in from Milan Linate
to operate the final Blue Panorama student charter flight to Rome
Mistral Air Boeing 737-33AQC EI-DVC positioned in from Rome
to operate their final student exchange charter flight of the season
Air Transat Airbus A330-342 C-GCTS operated their flight to Toronto
Austrian Arrows/Tyrolean Dash 8Q-402 OE-LGI operated the mid
morning Brussels Airlines service in place of the usual aircraft OE-LGC
RAF Puma HC1 XW226 overflew the airfield during the morning

Air India Boeing 787-8 VT-AND the first "dreamliner" to visit Birmingham on Thursday 1 August 2013

Air India Boeing 787-8 "dreamliner" VT-AND was an early evening arrival.... Photo: Ron Kosys

....operating their inaugural flight from Amritsar via Delhi Photo: Robert Jones

.... the first Being 787 "dreamliner" to land at Birmingham Airport

.... touching down on Runway 15

The aircraft rolled passed the Elmdon site.... Photo: Mike Hollick

.... and Birmingham Airport's new Air traffic Control Tower

The "dreamliner" then turned onto Taxiway Charlie....

.... to receive a water cannon salute from Birmingham Airport's

.... new "Striker" Fire fighting vehicles Photos: Laurence Jones

From the other side the salute was a little wetter! - with a strong southerly wind you can see
the wall of water already moving across the apron and the awaiting crowd had a good soaking!

Air India Boeing 787-8 "dreamliner" parked on Stand 42C.... Photo: Mike Hollick

.... at the end of the International Pier

Now the aircraft is on stand Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, leads out the VIP's....

.... with the cake cutting being performed by Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council,
Rohit Nandan, Chairman of Air India, and Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport
The cake!

All this took place at the rear of the aircraft as the baggage was unloaded

Meanwhile the "Dholl Blasters" provided musical entertainment....

.... and certainly kept the media occupied!

No point having "787" painted on the stand if you don't have a "dreamliner" to park on it!

Time now to have a look on board the Boeing 787 "dreamliner"....

.... the cockpit

Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport is interviewed about the new Air India service
and other developments at the airport by Derek Pedley of ....

.... in the spacious Business Class section of the aircraft

All Economy passengers have a seat back video entertainment system

Time to say goodbye - the return flight was checking in....

.... the inaugural service back to Delhi and onto Amritsar

A big well done and thank you to the team from Birmingham Airport
for organising another very successful launch event!!

Thursday 1 August 2013


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